Ferus Mustafov

King Ferus

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The Rom (Gypsies) moved into the Balkans in the 14th century from India, and their musical contribution to a landscape already teeming with Eastern European, Greek and Turkish styles is a ferocious virtuosity of form and function. As expected, these songs are incredibly complex, with stuttering beats, fragmented horn figures and endlessly circling reeds. Ferus rides the style like a rocket, but one that never reaches escape velocity -- he's a lot less jazz-influenced than Ivo Papasov, for example. . The album also features amazing accordion.

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